Guitar, bass, drums and a sizzling lead vocal. If you’re a rock aficionado of the more classical variety, there’s nothing else needed to make an incredible track, and in this regard Jane n’ the Jungle should be considered purists of immense passion this winter. Their latest single and music video, “Lucky 7,” feels like a testament to the blue collar rock aesthetic that gave us everyone from Black Sabbath to Queens of the Stone Age, and even in this darkest of era for the genre, the vitality of its greatest aesthetics burns bright in a juggernaut jam like this one.
The chorus has a little less of the bluesy swing that the verses contain in “Lucky 7,” but its climactic eruption actually translates a lot better in this streamlined arrangement than it would have in anything else. Jane n’ the Jungle have no issues pacing out their verses to follow the riff; in fact, it seems like they actually sound more relaxed when they’re letting the intensity of instrumentation carve out a place for the vocal as opposed to the other way around. This tethers them to some legendary talent in the history of rock, but it doesn’t make them sound like tribute band, either.
“Lucky 7” is short, to the point and aggressively melodic, and while it’s definitely a highpoint in the discography this group has assembled in the last couple of years, I don’t see it as being an impassible peak for their future output. Theirs is a sound that is still on its way, but with the tight chemistry they show off in this song it’s hard for me to describe their present fortunes in anything other than an optimistic tone. 2020 was rough on a lot of us, but let it be known that Jane n’ the Jungle gave us a bit of rock n’ roll integrity we desperately needed.
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